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I filled up this morning at 322.9 miles and still had .738 gallons of fuel left. You do the math. This is one of the many things I love about the LT.
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Re: 322.9 Miles On Less Than One Tank

I thought the tank held 6.6 gallons.
If it does you had 1.138 gall left .
None the less 59 mpg is very good,,did you even go over 50 or 3k..lol
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I thought the tank held 6.6 gallons.
If it does you had 1.138 gall left .
None the less 59 mpg is very good,,did you even go over 50 or 3k..lol
6.18 gallons is what I show for the tank. I never went over 58mph & was in 5th gear most of the time at 35mph. When I'm riding at low RPM's I end up shifting three times as much so I don't lug the engine.

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Two tanks ago, I hit 319 miles using 6.148 gallons = 51.89mpg running Regular fuel. This is daily commuting on the interstate running at 70 - 77.

I've got an '01 that I read somewhere held 6.3 gallons - that would have left roughly 0.15 gallons. Per the BC, I was down to 4 miles till the dreaded "out of gas", so the computer's calculation seems really close.

A piece of trivia for those who have never tested the fuel limits of this bike: the BC gives up trying to indicate how many miles you have left once you hit 10 miles till empty. At that point, all you get are a couple of dashes.

My best mileage on this bike was running Premium through Oregon where I hit 59.24 mpg actual (vs the BC's calculated value of 54.8). Speeds were in the low to mid 60's with no "Play" time involved. Definitely love the mileage compared to the 1500 & 1800 Wings I've had which only run in the upper 30's for me. Even my old 1200 Voyager only averaged around 40, so this is definitely some great mileage for such a large bike.
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My bad on the tank size.

Says 6.34 here.
I noticed the bore and stroke is under square..interesting.
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I have learned; how much gas you can put into a BMW tank is different that the size BMW says the tank is. My '10 R1200GSA says the Adventure tank is 8.6 Gal, but I put 9.4 in it all the time. I have heard if it is real low, you can get 10 Gal in it.

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My Lt gets better mileage at higher altitude. Finding gas with out ethenol is a big plus.


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I have learned; how much gas you can put into a BMW tank is different that the size BMW says the tank is. My '10 R1200GSA says the Adventure tank is 8.6 Gal, but I put 9.4 in it all the time. I have heard if it is real low, you can get 10 Gal in it.
I have found that when I put more fuel in a vehicle than its stated capacity the pumps (and or vendor) are cheating people. I proved this one time to a station owner by making him watch while I put an indicated 7.5 gallons in a five gallon can. They shut the station the next day and dug up all the pipes feeding the pumps, turned out there was a leak in one pipe and it was sucking air and charging for fuel.

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My bad on the tank size.

Says 6.34 here.
I noticed the bore and stroke is under square..interesting.
http://www.mbike.com/bmw/k1200lt/2000
Everywhere else I have seen says 6.2 for the LT. Not sure I believe this source.

Having said that, I have never run mine dry to verify the capacity. The most I ever put in was 6.05 gallons and that was after 330 or so miles.

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Everywhere else I have seen says 6.2 for the LT. Not sure I believe this source.

Having said that, I have never run mine dry to verify the capacity. The most I ever put in was 6.05 gallons and that was after 330 or so miles.
The 3rd edition of the Service and Technical Booklet lists capacity at: 24l (6.34 gal).

And while reading that page 81,Fluids and lubricants, I noticed a lower margin boldprint note --- BMW recommends Castrol.*

*(Sorry, couldn't help it!!
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The 3rd edition of the Service and Technical Booklet lists capacity at: 24l (6.34 gal).

And while reading that page 81,Fluids and lubricants, I noticed a lower margin boldprint note --- BMW recommends Castrol.*

*(Sorry, couldn't help it!!
Anyone run their LT dry to check the tank capacity? I am sure there is some variation bike to bike, but I am curious to know for sure what people have managed to get into a known-empty tank.

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Anyone run their LT dry to check the tank capacity? I am sure there is some variation bike to bike, but I am curious to know for sure what people have managed to get into a known-empty tank.
I had wanted to do that this time. I was going to carry one gallon of gas with me & let it run out. I was on my way to pick up 7 sets (56) of connecting rods & didn't have room to carry the gas.

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Re: 322.9 Miles On Less Than One Tank

I myself don't like to run a tank to the brink of going dry, too "chicken" i guess . I've only had my "LT" about a month and haven't had a lot of seat time, thus not a lot of fill ups. So far I've gone to the gas station 3 times. First tank was completely two up at interstate speeds coming from Ft. Worth where I picked the bike up. The dealer filled it up, so I'm going to have to trust that it was full, 45 MPG. Two fill ups at about 4 gallons each, on total 1 up, in town riding, 45 MPG. I can live with that considering my VTX would get about 36 around town and 34-36 on the interstate.

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